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Today's News

  • Lebanon business owner tabbed to succeed Watson

    A Lebanon business owner who has been serving on the St. Clair County Board has been picked to succeed Frank Watson as state senator for the 51st District.

    Kyle McCarter was chosen from a field of 11 candidates for the seat, which Watson vacated on Feb. 16. Among those candidates was Randy Pollard of Vandalia, the Fayette County Republican Central Committee chairman.

    McCarter was chosen by the 51st District Legislative Committee on Saturday afternoon, after a day-long interview process involving the 11 candidates.

  • York decides to accept sentence

    A rural Ramsey man convicted of killing his unborn child has decided not to fight for a lighter sentence.

    In a court hearing that lasted only about a minute, Michael York confirmed to Fayette County Resident Circuit Judge S. Gene Schwarm that he was withdrawing his attempt to have his sentence reduced.

    A Fayette County jury found York guilty in October of first-degree murder, aggravated battery and aggravated battery of a pregnant person. He was charged with beating Krystal Heggie, who was pregnant with his baby.

  • Teens, adults help youth through Learning Link

    OUR PLACE Youth Center in downtown Vandalia is a popular gathering place for young people, offering a highly-visible, safe and pleasant environment, with entertainment, games and opportunities to grow in character, individuality, self-esteem and tutoring to aid their education.

    Seeing the need for an attractive and safe place for youth to gather, Phyllis Rames set forth to provide such a place and campaigned for volunteers and the support of others to make this happen..

  • Home Expo offers one-stop shopping

    After an absence of several years, the Vandalia area this weekend will see the return of a home show.

    This time, the Home & Lifestyle Expo will be sponsored by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with The Leader-Union and radio stations WKRV/WPMB.

    The event, which features booths by 30 area businesses, will bring a variety of products and services to one convenient location from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday. Those booths will be set up in the gymnasium and cafeteria of the Vandalia Junior High School.

  • New senator brings assets to position

    After nearly three decades of being represented in Springfield by former state Sen. Frank Watson, it's difficult to imagine someone else in that position.

    But with Watson's decision to retire after suffering a stroke last fall, we must shift gears.

    This week's selection of Kyle McCarter, a Lebanon business owner, to fill the seat as state senator in the 51st District appears to be a good one.

  • Lincoln's 200th 'a downright good time'

    The 300-plus guests for Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday at the capitol last Thursday evening were treated to a wonderful spectacle and a downright good time.

    The capitol building, built in 1836, was bathed in the soft glow of accent lights around the building’s foundation, complemented by the period streetlights surrounding the Public Square.

    The chandeliers sparkled through the windows of the two-story building, adding to the beauty of the historic structure and enhancing the feeling of expectancy that my son, Ethan, and I were already feeling.

  • Pyle takes third place at state

     Trever Pyle is at his best when he’s on the offensive.

    Ultra-quick and aggressive by nature, Pyle has earned a reputation as a quick-strike artist during a wrestling career that started when he was just 4 years old.

    It’s a skill that’s not only helped him take down countless opponents – but the VCHS freshman wins record, as well, during a stellar first high school season.

  • Learning about land use

    Ron Marshel, manager of the Fayette County Farm Bureau, was among the county residents participating in a followup meeting on the University of Illinois Extension's LEAM (Landuse Evolution and Impact Assessment Model) program. Through the program, U of I Extension is providing a variety of information about land in South Central Illinois, along with models that describe how local decisions, events and investments impact land use. Tuesday's meeting was held at the Kaskaskia College Vandalia Campus.

  • Benton denies Vandals trip to state

     In many ways, John Vosholler's performance Tuesday in the final match of the Vandalia Dual Team Sectional personified the 2008-09 Vandals wrestling team's season.

    Nobody gave the young and inexperienced Vosholler (17-21) much of a chance to defeat Benton's T.J. Tomshack (25-6) in the 125-pound bout.

  • Lady Vandals' season ends with heartbreaking OT defeat

     Dominating defense carried the Vandalia girls basketball team throughout a wildly successful regular season and an unprecedented postseason run - a run that could very well still be in progress.

    But turnovers - far too many of them - and the clutch play Taylor Stevenson kept Vandalia's vaunted 'D' from carrying it all the way to the Elite Eight last Thursday in a heartbreaking 33-29 overtime loss to the host team at the Olney-East Richland Sectional.